Welcome to Gordano Valley Archers

f23811c99d03543abe9480cf6.jpgWe are a very open and friendly Archery Club based on the edge of the Gordano Valley at The Downs School in Wraxall, North Somerset.

Our vision is to promote and develop the sport of archery and to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.

We aim to achieve this by ensuring we have a highly motivated and professional team of coaches and officials dedicated to the principles of equitable practice.

The club is committed to providing archery as an all inclusive sport and actively promotes the sport as a Triple A sport for all the family. Triple A = All Ability Archery.

We shoot throughout the year on Sundays at our ground as well as having an indoor facility from October to March that we use on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings when the weather does not permit outdoor shooting.

Shooting times are:

Sundays (The Downs School) Wraxall BS48 1PF

09:00 to 10:00 – Set up range – Club Members
10:00 to 12:30 – Assembly beginners and club shoot.
12:30 to 13:00 – Take down range

Clout Range available for Club & Archery GB members – details on request

Indoor range available (weather dependent)

09:00 to 09:30 – Set up
09:30 to 12:00 – Beginners & Juniors Club Members
09:30 to 12:00 – Senior Members if spare capacity ( Members please set up on the landing)
12:00 to 12:30 –Take down range

Wednesdays (The Downs School) Wraxall BS48 1PF

Members Only  – Archery GB registered archers email for more information
(sorry no club bows are available)

18:15 to 20:30  Outdoor or Indoor range (weather and lighting dependent)

Please note for safety we do not allow all carbon arrows to be used on our outdoor ranges.

All Saints Challenge #1

St Andrew’s Day Tournament

Wed  1 Dec – All Archers st-andrews flag
Set Up :18:00
Assembly: 18.20

Round : WA18

Admission accepted by submission of a
St. Andrew’s Day Score Sheet, available on the evening


Normal Boss fees will apply, results will be published in the Members area .

Points collected from this tournament can be used as part All Saints’ Challenge.

GWAS – Indoor Championship 2022

47th Indoor Championship
Record Status Shoot
Hutton Moor Leisure Centre
Sunday 13th February 2022
(choice of morning of afternoon session)

Round : WA 18

Entry Form

Closing Date: 4th February 2022

Early entry is recommended, if you don’t want to miss the opportunity to shoot in this very popular  local tournament, our Region’s annual Record  Status Indoor Championship.


Tournament Diary 2021/22

Have been updated on the Club Calendar new-calendar
right through to April 2022.

So make a note in your diary or download the google diary.

Some of the tournaments are still without an organiser, if you would like to help with one or more please see Merle  or  Chris for more details.

Winter Achievement Awards

During the winter session many archers either shoot the short 30m outdoor ‘Frostbite
or 20yd indoor ‘Portsmouth‘ rounds.

p300-badgef200-badge  County, Region and National bodies all hold ‘postal tournaments using one of both of these rounds and as a club we run our achievement awards.

Archers can compete against each other or themselves to claim the awards which increase in 25 point increments.

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GWAS Virtual AGM and Elections


Please be advised that GWAS will be holding their AGM virtually using GoToMeeting on Sunday 21 March at 17:00.
The following link gives access to the AGM documentation.

The officer nomination forms must be submitted by 17:00 on Sunday 14 March 2021. This is applicable for the officers of the society being President, Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasuer as per clauses 20 and 21 of the GWAS constitution. Although the constitution allows for other positions to be submitted on the day it would be much appreciated if these could be submitted by noon on Saturday 20 March thus allowing the virtual AGM to proceed easier.

(restricted) Archery Returns

Time to blow away the COVID cobwebs and return to the range Sunday 6 September.

Members can now pre-book to shoot in a socially distanced  environment on our outdoor range. See announcement for full details.

All you need to do is register details of the distance you would like to shoot and a contact telephone number for a Track and Trace Log. Follow the instructions sent to you and yo can be shooting again.

Paul Maines – Chairman & Founder

Paul-MainesIt is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the tragic loss of our chairman Paul Maines.

Paul Passed away over the weekend following a heroic battle with Cancer and showed strength, compassion and above all humour to the end.

Our thoughts are with Geraldine and his children at this time. The Covid restrictions we currently face in our lives bring home how difficult a time it is for families going through such pain and suffering at this time. I hope that the treasured memories we all have of him will help them through the days ahead.

He will be sadly missed and was an integral part of Gordano Valley Archers. His Passion for the sport and reediness to help others at GVA was one of many fine qualities that he brought to the club. He will leave a big void in the club.

Adam Wood
Vice Chairman of Gordano Valley Archers